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Andrew - 2008-03-18
I have four baby gsp's in a ten gallon tank with a couple cray fish to eat the dead remains of their food. I am extremely busy and don't find time to make it to the pet store as often as I'd like so I keep about twenty feeder guppies in their tank with them so they can eat whenever they are hungry. They don't have a problem catching them, but after the tank gets down to about ten fish they stop eating them and I am forced to feed them sinking shrimp pellets and flakes. I wonder if it is a bad idea to keep a stock of feeders in with them.

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Whitney - 2008-02-16
I have a puffer named Gene Kelly and he is the most active fish I have ever seen. If you have never cared for a fish before I wouldn't recommend them. Make sure to feed them hard food so you don't have to clip their teeth yourself. It's no picnic.

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Liam D - 2008-02-06
Horatio (Nelson) is our GSP, he is about 2 years old and is kept in solitary confinement in his own tank. He is the most fascinating fish I have ever kept. He sits at the bottom of his tank sleeping and is grey coloured until his light is turned on and he brightens up a lovely emerald green colour with a white belly. Horatio is fed daily. He is currently 2 inches long, he eats bloodworms (dried & frozen), frozen prawns, and dried turtle food along with baby snails sourced from various pet stores free for the asking! Occasionally I will drop in a dead fish from another tank which he will devour! His water is slightly brackish which he appears to thrive in. However recently my 13 year old over fed him! dropped 2 frozen mussel cubes into his tank and he ballooned in size then sat on the bottom of the tank turning black with constipation, this lasted days and I thought he was dying! A spoonful of epsom salts added to the tank seemed to help. He has perked up and looking better this last month.

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Julio - 2008-01-25
Have 3 puffers in a 10 gallon aquarium on my desk at work. Fantastic fish, the BEST of all that I have kept over the years. They truly get excited when you come in the room, they are the most voracius feeders I have ever seen, unlike other fish their stomachs apparently have no limit to how much they can expand! They are very curious, swim backwards and front at all times, they turn into a little ball, it is very cute. They will take food from your hand, with a very strong bite. I hear all comments about them not eating flakes, but that is not true with mine, I have yet to find something they will not eat. I have both saltwater and freshwater aquariums, and I am keeping this one at a low salinity level. I've read that they eventually need to be in a more saline environment or they will perish, but I don't know. If anyone has that experience, let us know.

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Julia - 2007-12-06
I have one little puffer and it is so much fun to watch. It is in a tank with 3 gouramis, two cat fish and pleco, and none of the other fish bother it. He loves freeze dried bloodworms and snails. I would recommend anyone to get one. It is my favorite fish.

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Anonymous - 2007-12-06
I have 4 puffers in a 25 gallon tank. I had them with guppies hoping they would eat the babies, but they got tired of that after awhile and then I was overrun with guppies. My puffers love to eat frozen mussels and shrimp.

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david foster - 2007-11-10
hi my name is david and i am an avid fish keeper, i have many years experience keeping everything from killis to rifts, knifefishes to marines but by a country mile puffers especially pignoses are the most charismatic and enjoyable of all my many fish, just watch your fingers with those razor sharp beaks.

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R G Navarro - 2007-10-09
I would like to suggest advice, GSP's absolutely NEED to be acclimated towards a high-end brackish salinity as they mature in order to thrive. FW will not meet their needs and will reduce their life-span considerably.
Many thanks,
RG Navarro

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Crystal Kitchen - 2007-10-08
I have two gs puffers and they are fun to watch. I have african cichlids in there and a goldfish and suprisingly the only one that messes with the goldfish is the african. He's not mean. but my puffers are very social. When i go to feed them they literally jump for joy. They do need a lot of space and hiding places, and if you see them lying on the bottom of the tank they aren't dead, they are sleeping. Overall these fish are easy to care for and are amusing little things.

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Danielle - 2007-09-17
I just bought 2 puffers. I've been watching them constantly and I've noticed that they seem to change colors constantly. Like if they are calm their bellys will turn grey, but as soon as they get riled up they will change back to the bright green and white. I don't know if somethings wrong or if thats just how they are.

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